Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo by Ariel Min

Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo by Ariel Min

New York City residents with a valid IDNYC card issued on or after Jan 1, 2016 are eligible for a free one-year membership at any of these institutions with your idNYC card. Participating institutions include MoMA, New York City Ballet, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Brooklyn Museum, Carnegie Hall, and etc. On top of the one-year membership, you’re eligible for additional benefits like free or discounted admission, access to special events, discounts at gift shops and advance tickets to events.

    Bronx Museum of the Arts

    Works by 20th-century artists from Africa, Asia and Latin America, as well as American descendants from those regions, form the basis of the collection. Exhibitions and programs offer Bronx residents the opportunity to learn about themselves and their heritage, history and culture while gaining insight into other cultural groups.

    Bronx County Historical Society

    The society maintains the Bronx County Research Library and Archives and hosts educational programs, walking tours, exhibitions and lectures on the history of the only mainland borough. It also operates the Valentine-Varian House, in which the Museum of Bronx History is located, and the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage.

    New York Botanical Garden

    This 250-acre oasis comprises virgin forest, formal gardens, wetlands, ponds, undulating hills, the Everett Children's Adventure Garden and the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, which is a spectacular soaring crystal palace built in 1902.

    Bronx Zoo

    Headquarters for the Wildlife Conservation Society, this is the largest urban zoo in the United States. Its woods, streams and parklands cover 265 acres and house more than 4,000 animals. Dramatic settings include the Congo Gorilla Forest and two miles of the open-air Wild Asia exhibit, served by monorail.

    Wave Hill

    Among the leafy estates of Riverdale in the Bronx, Wave Hill is a former private residence with gardens, lawns, woodlands and picturesque views of the New Jersey Palisades. Programming includes art exhibitions and workshops related to nature.

    Pregones Theater

    Pregones Theater mounts numerous Spanish and bilingual productions throughout the year at 130-seat theater in the Bronx. Residents of 12 nearby zip codes receive a 50 percent discount at the box office.

    Brooklyn Museum

    With a mission to create inspiring encounters with art that expand the ways we see ourselves, the world and its possibilities, the Brooklyn Museum is where great art and courageous conversations are catalysts for a more connected, civic, and empathetic world.

    Brooklyn Academy of Music

    BAM is America's oldest performing arts center and a leading presenter of the avant-garde. Since opening in 1861, it has presented the finest in performing arts.

    Brooklyn Botanic Garden

    Founded in 1910, the garden spans 52 acres and contains more than 12,000 living plant varieties from all over the world. These are arranged in taxonomic displays as well as in formal and informal gardens.

    Brooklyn Children’s Museum

    A menagerie of resident animals and a permanent collection of more than 20,000 natural science objects and cultural artifacts enliven exhibits and presentations at the Brooklyn Children's Museum.


    BRIC is the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, and one of the largest in New York City. We present and incubate work by artists and media-makers who reflect the diversity that surrounds us. BRIC programs reach hundreds of thousands of people each year.

    Prospect Park Zoo

    This 12-acre zoo houses nearly 100 species and has many interactive exhibits and three major areas that provide close-up views of animals, from sheep to weaver finches to gar fish to the ever-popular baboons.

    American Museum of Natural History

    The largest natural history museum in the world has a mission commensurately monumental in scope. See reconstructions of dinosaurs, dioramas of mammals and ocean life in their natural habitats, meteors and glistening gems and cultural artifacts that kids literally running from one exhibition to the next. The Rose Center for Earth and Space explores the entire universe.

    Carnegie Hall

    Carnegie Hall presents close to 200 performances by the world's finest artists each season on its three great stages‚ the renowned Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, intimate Weill Recital Hall and innovative Zankel Hall.

    Central Park Zoo

    Since 1864, animals have lived at Fifth Avenue and East 64th Street in Central Park. Today's zoo features gentle creatures in the Tisch Children's Zoo, plus polar bears and penguins as witty as anyone in town.

    El Museo del Barrio

    Located at the north end of Fifth Avenue's Museum Mile, El Museo del Barrio is New York City's only museum dedicated exclusively to Latin American and Latino art.

    Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

    This 16.3-acre campus is home to 12 resident companies, including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the New York City Opera, the New York City Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the New York Philharmonic, among others.

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art was incorporated in 1870 and moved to its present location in Central Park in 1880. It houses an encyclopedic collection of art objects from virtually all periods and continents.

    Museum of the City of New York

    The narrative of New York City—from its beginning as a small Dutch trading post to its status today as one of the world's most important cities—unfolds through special exhibitions and the diverse collections of the museum. The permanent collection here contains over 3,000,000 items maintained by six curatorial departments.

    New York City Ballet

    Founded in 1948 by Lincoln Kirstein and George Balanchine, the New York City Ballet performs in the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center.

    New York City Center

    A landmark theater, City Center hosts performances by renowned national and international visiting artists, and City Center's own programs, such as the Encores! musical theater series.

    Metropolitan Opera

    The Metropolitan Opera's foremost goal is to present the highest quality performances of grand opera each season featuring the world's most talented artists and conductors.

    Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

    Created as a living memorial to those who perished in the Holocaust, the museum honors those who died by cherishing the traditions they embraced, examining their achievements and faith and affirming the vibrant worldwide Jewish community that is their legacy today.

    New Museum

    This museum of contemporary art focuses primarily on work of living artists created during the past 10 years. Each year the museum mounts three to four major exhibitions and about 12 smaller shows in its galleries.

    Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

    Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum exhibits the best in 20th-century art and contemporary art.

    Studio Museum in Harlem

    The museum collects, researches and interprets the work of African-American artists and artists of African descent. It is the nexus for artists of African descent---locally, nationally and internationally---and for work that has been inspired and influenced by black culture.

    Public Theater

    The Public Theater is the nation's foremost theatrical producer of Shakespeare and new work, including plays, musicals and innovative stagings of the classics.

    Flushing Town Hall

    Home to the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts (FCCA), Flushing Town Hall presents high-quality, award-winning performing and visual arts programs, including theater, jazz, classical and world music, dance, puppetry arts, and family programs with interactive workshops.

    Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning

    Situated in the restored Queens Registry building on bustling Jamaica Avenue, the Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning is a community school of the arts, a professional arts center and an integral part of the city's multicultural arts scene.

    MoMA PS1

    Founded in 1976, MoMA PS1 is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit contemporary art institutions in the United States. It presents over 50 exhibitions each year, including artists' retrospectives, site-specific installations, historical surveys, arts from across the United States and the world, and a full schedule of music and performance programming.

    Museum of the Moving Image

    Museum of the Moving Image is the only institution in the United States that deals comprehensively with the art, technology and social impact of film, television and digital media. It presents exhibitions, screenings and education programs.

    New York Hall of Science

    Unless you know all about the atom, biology, color, light, heat and have seen your aura projected, don't dismiss this museum as kids' stuff. This science and technology museum includes aura projections, perspective fun rooms, a 5,000-square-foot rocket park and events like the World Maker Fair.

    Queens Botanical Garden

    Queens Botanical Garden features 39 acres of beautiful landscapes including a Fragrance Walk, Green Roof, and the Bee, Herb, Wedding, Woodland and Wetland Gardens. Green Trail markers highlight QBG‚ sustainability practices and how visitors can ‚go green‚Äù at home.

    Queens Museum

    The museum focuses on contemporary art, both from the museum's own collection and on loan. The collection also includes World's Fair memorabilia and works about New York City. The museum's Panorama of the City of New York, a 9,335-square-foot model of the five boroughs commissioned by Robert Moses for the 1964 New York World's Fair. The Panorama features detailed replicas of every single building updated as of 1992.

    Queens Theatre in the Park

    Today, Queens Theatre is a vibrant performing arts center with three performance spaces: its 472-seat mainstage theatre, 99-seat studio theatre and its intimate cabaret & cocktail bar. The theatre is committed to presenting world-class theatre, music and dance as well as programming that reflects the diversity of the community that supports it.

    Queens Zoo

    This 11-acre zoo in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park is home to some 300 animals of 45 different species. Devoted primarily to North American animals and designed to feel like a national park, the circular grounds are divided into wild and domestic areas.

    Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden

    The center and garden is home to many cultural groups and attractions, including the Staten Island Children's Museum and the Noble Maritime Museum. A combo ticket provides access to the New York Chinese Scholar‚ Garden, the Connie Gretz Secret Garden, Main Hall, Building C galleries and the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art.

    Staten Island Children’s Museum

    With nine permanent exhibits, walk-in Up4Art weekend workshops, Kidz Cook workshops, as well as Tot's Time Plus and more, the Staten Island Children's Museum has been exercising children's minds, bodies and imaginations since 1974. It's located in the Snug Harbor campus of arts attractions.

    Historic Richmond Town/Staten Island Historical Society

    Historic Richmond Town, the only restored historic village in New York City, brings 300 years of the city's vibrant heritage to life. Located on 100 acres of open land, the village includes 27 historic buildings from its earliest days as a 17th-century rural community to its heyday as the bustling 19th-century Richmond County seat.

    Staten Island Museum

    Especially for thinkers, doers and the curious who are seeking diverse and engaging experiences in a unique setting, Staten Island Museum is the place for exploring the dynamic connection between natural science, art and history since 1881.We share our passion for the world we live in through innovative exhibitions based on our multi-disciplinary collections, intellectually stimulating programs, scholarly research and enriching partnerships.